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Dallas Mavericks, NBA Champions

The Dallas Mavericks are your NBA Champions. And oh boy is LeBron James going to get destroyed in the media tomorrow and probably until the inevitable lockout is over.

The Mavericks took control of game six early in the second half and everyone waiting for Miami to make a run and force game seven was left slack-jawed. Whether it was JJ Barea (15 points), Jason Terry (game-high 27 points), or Dirk, the Mavericks always had an answer.

Dirk Nowitzki, who was named Finals MVP, struggled from the field (9-for-27) and had only 11 points through three quarters, but he scored 10 in the fourth – that was a recurring theme the last five games – and the Mavericks pulled away to win, 105-95.

If you could pinpoint one player in the league who doesn’t want a lockout and needs the season to begin on time, I’d say that player is LeBron James. In a listless, timid performance, LeBron committed six turnovers and when he was on the floor, his Heat were -24. (I’m not a fan of that stat in a small sample size, but if you watched game six, you know it was accurate.) James finished with a team-high 21 points, but it was anything but a commanding performance.

Jason Terry gets to keep his tattoo.

More tomorrow, obviously.

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